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Posted in Medshield Wellness   |   September 3rd, 2020
Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages.
September is Heart Awareness Month in South Africa, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.
To showcase it’s importance – an entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa, culminating with World Heart Day on 29 September.
Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Many South Africans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).
Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:
Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:
Don’t smoke. Smoking is the one of the leading cause of preventable death in the world. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, take steps to quit!
You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart healthy at any age.
Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed.
Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options.
Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. You can even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks. You have free access to numerous workouts and advice from #MedshieldMovement Ambassadors on our social media channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram @MedshieldSA and the #MedshieldMovement site www.medshieldmovement.co.za
Source Credit : Health24 and Women’s Health Magazine
Image Credit : 123rf
DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.
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